Originally from The Philadelphia Citizen.
Last week, a group of Republican Pennsylvania State Representatives ignited debate over a package of bills attempting to reduce state expenditures on welfare programs. Amidst ongoing concern over the state’s fiscal status, these bills are framed as ways to save money. But when you get beyond the political rhetoric, it becomes clear that these so-called reforms might actually cost taxpayers more, not less.
Two of the bills take aim at SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), a program that 1,856,092 Pennsylvanians participate in. To qualify for SNAP, a single person must earn no more than $19,296 per year, while a family of four must have a total income of less than $39,360.